From the daily archives: Friday, May 4, 2007

AP:

The Secret Service said yesterday that Democratic Sen. Barack Obama was being placed under its protection, the earliest ever for a presidential candidate.

Federal law allows candidates to seek protection if they meet a series of standards, including public prominence as measured by polls and fundraising.

In a Feb. 12 interview with the Associated Press, Obama dismissed concerns about his own security but would not answer directly when asked whether he had received death threats.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson drew early Secret Service protection because of violent threats during his campaigns for president in the 1980s.

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The Reagan Legacy

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One of the big storylines out of the Republican debate was how everyone (and I do mean everyone) was trying to stake a claim to Reagan’s legacy.

Ten Republican presidential candidates wanting to replace
President Bush embraced a more popular president, conservative icon
Ronald Reagan, at every turn in their first debate of the 2008 race.

“Ronald Reagan was a president of strength,” Mitt Romney intoned. “Ronald Reagan used to say, we spend money like a drunken sailor,” said John McCain. And Rudy Giuliani praised “that Ronald Reagan optimism.”

One by one, [the ten candidates] invoked Reagan […]

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